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103 Construction Blueprint Reading

$465 for members, $495 for non-members

Learning Objectives
Class Organization
Learning Assessment
Withdrawl/Refund Policy
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The reading of construction blueprints is a foundational skill in construction. All construction professionals, regardless of whether they are working in the field or in the office, must know how to read blueprints. Blueprint reading is not terribly difficult but it does require practice and some basic knowledge of blueprints.

This course is designed to provide you with that foundational knowledge and enough practice at reading blueprints to get you started. Mastery of blueprint reading will come with practice and with using blueprints on the job on a regular basis.

The cost of this course is $465 for ASPE members and $495 for nonmembers. The textbook and course materials are included in the price of the course. Students outside of the continental United States will be required to pay additional shipping and handling for the textbook. Call the ASPE Society Business Office toll free at 1-888-378-6283 with questions.


Learning objectives
By the end of this class you should:
1. Have an elementary knowledge of blueprint reading as it relates to building construction projects.
2. Understand in general terms the design process and the role of design professionals.
3. Be able to find trade information using blueprints
4. Be able to answer basic construction questions related to the layout and installation of materials at the jobsite.
5. Be able to identify elementary problems or short comings of the blueprints you are using.


Class Organization
The following table lists the learning modules, the maximum value in points a student can receive within each module, and the time in which the modules must be finished.

Module Week
0. Student Orientation 1
1. The design process and blueprints 1
2. Scales, Lines and Symbols 2
3. Plans, Elevations, Sections, Details 3
4. Civil Drawings 4
5. Foundations 5
6. The superstructure 6
7. Exterior closure and finishes 7
8. Interior finishes 8
9. Mechanical, Electrical and Plumbing 9
10. The problems with blueprints & Project 10

It is important that the student keep up with the class and not fall behind. Course modules will be made available to students on Saturday of each
week. Class work must be completed by the following Saturday. Students will not be able to work ahead of the class although reading assignments will be made available in advance. Actual dates that modules will become available will be posted in advance on the course calendar.


Student Learning Assessment
Graded assignments will consist of one quiz for each module and participation in two class discussions. Each quiz will count 10 points and class discussions will count 15 points. You can take quizzes twice and use the points. You can take quizzes twice and use the highest score achieved as your final quiz grade.

Class discussions are a very important part of this course. Students learn more and learn better when they discuss the topic at hand. For that reason, I
consider the regular weekly discussions to be even more important than the weekly quizzes.

Grades will be posted on a weekly basis. You will have full access to your grade sheet so you will be able to keep track of how you are doing at all times.


You may withdraw from a course by sending an email to PSmith@aspeNational.org or by conventional mail requesting to be dropped from the course. Non-attendance or notifying the instructor does not constitute officially dropping or withdrawing from a course. Students who stop attending courses without officially dropping will receive a grade of U in the class. Refunds are not automatic. NO refunds are due unless the course is officially dropped within stated guidelines in the refund schedule.

Refund Schedule
a. Withdrawal postmarked at least one working day before the first day of class – total fee less a $20 handling fee.
b. Refund requests postmarked on or after the first day and no later than two weeks after the first day of class will be refunded 65% of the fee, after which time there is no refund.
c. Decision on withdrawals and refunds will be based on the date when the ASPE Society Business Office receives written withdrawal notice. Drops done by mail are effective as of the postmark date.
d. All course materials including the textbook and other included supplies must be returned in their original conditions, shrink wrap unbroken, or a $100 charge will apply.


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